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Mar 29, 2010 9:53 AM by Associated Press

Village hunts for 7-meter killer python

Indonesian villagers are hunting a giant python that killed a 13-year-old boy a week ago on Sumatra island.

Police say the 23-foot-long python was believed to be hiding in waterway tunnels built by a textile company for its industrial waste.

Villagers blocked road access to the tunnels Sunday to protect the public.

Officials say the victim and three friends were swimming when the snake attacked March 21. It strangled and nearly swallowed the boy before villagers armed with spears forced it to flee.

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